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Dog Food and Bird Food: The Oracles Against the Dynasties in the Book of Kings

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The book of Kings contains a series of oracles against the first three Israelite royal houses. Each of the oracles is accompanied by one or more fulfillment notices. This chapter in search of a running prophetic narrative underlies Dtr's version of the book of Kings. Dtr seems to have used individual prophetic stories as the bases for his accounts in 1 Kings 14 and 21. But others of his sources were not prophetic. Moreover, there is no evidence that the stories about prophetic activity during the reigns of Jeroboam, Baasha, and Ahab were connected with each other at a level underlying Dtr's composition. Dtr has restructured the narratives, revised the oracles, and composed new imitative oracles in order to present a theology of history. His purpose in the book of Kings was to offer a comprehensive theological explanation of the history of Israel and Judah in the divided monarchy.

Keywords: Ahab's reign; book of Kings; Dtr's version; individual prophetic stories; Israel; Israelite royal houses; Judah; oracle; prophetic narrative



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